By Jennifer Catan-Tilos
NEGROS ORIENTAL (PIA) — This year’s ‘Lutong Garbo’ food match will feature healthy desserts and drinks during the Buglasan Festival on October 1 at the Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO), Dumaguete City.
For the past 10 years the annual cooking competition featured main dishes using indigenous ingredients from different local government units during the Buglasan celebration.
“We want to discover another taste made of local sweets and drinks that can be offered to tourist-visitors,” said Lutong Garbo Committee Chair Sylvia Uy.
The competition is open to all local municipal and city residents of Negros Oriental that are endorsed by the local executives who can prepare desserts and drinks using indigenous ingredients.
All participants of the cooking contest must wear appropriate white attire with apron and hair bonnet and provide his/her own utensils and equipment which will be inspected 30 minutes before the contest proper.
The healthy desserts and drinks must be good for 10 persons with the cost indicated in the Entry Form.
Use of artificial coloring and refined sugar is not allowed, however, the use of muscovados or honey (not commercial) is accepted.
The contestants are given 15 minutes to prepare and set up ingredients.
Healthy desserts will be judged according to the following criteria: Palatability, 40 percent; Originality, 40 percent; Texture, 10 percent; and Healthy dessert presentation, 10 percent.
Criteria for drinks include originality, 40 percent; flavor, 40 percent; and 20 percent for presentation of drink.
Winners for desserts competition will receive P6,000 for the 1st prize, P4,000 for 2nd prize, P3,000 for 3rd, and P2,000 each for consolation prize.
For drinks category, the 1st prize winner will get P4,000; 2nd placer, P3,000; and P2,500 for the 3rd placer.
Both winners in the dessert and drinks will also receive trophies.
For non-winners, consolation prize of P2,000 cash and certificates of recognition will be awarded to all contestants and LGUs represented. (rmn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was originally published at PIA website on Sept. 22, 2016)